Saturday, May 3, 2008

CHALLENGE: 1% Reading Challenge

3M is hosting a new challenge. This doesn't even feel like a challenge because I use this list in the back of my mind when I'm picking books for reading challenges. I read 27 from this list last year. I imagine most books will be cross-listed with other reading challenges. Here's the intro from 3m's blog:

The goal of this challenge is to read 10 books in 10 months from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. For you non-math people, 10 out of 1001 is approximately 1%, hence the title. The challenge will run from May 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009.

I'll list a few books I am hoping to get to soon:

1. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
2. Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
3. The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields
4. A Bend in the River - Naipaul
5. The Plague - Albert Camus
6. something by Vonnegut
7. Things Fall Apart - Achebe
8. Family Matters - Rohinton Mistry
9. A Pale View of Hills by Kazou Ishiguro
10. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit - Winterson
11. Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
12. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Huston Neal
13. Isabelle Allende - House of Spirits
14. The Colour - Rose Tremain
15. Love in the Time of Cholera
16. The Reader

It's hard to make a list, from a list, and this may well change.


  1. Interesting. I've read 1% of your picks for this challenge. Well, more if you count anything by Vonnegut. Probably stating the obvious, but if you've yet to read anything by him, I'd start with Slaughterhouse 5

  2. You can do it, you can do it...

    I'm going to be picking some short ones to finish. You can also choose books from the new list if you want.

    I think you'd like Fear and Trembling. It was really short. I plan on reading Disgrace, which is short.

    I just finished The Reader and liked it more than I thought it would; it's fairly short as well.


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